Demolition began today on several Brainerd Road properties owned by the Chattanooga Airport. When the project is complete, these vacant buildings which are currently surrounded by asphalt and concrete parking lots will be transformed into a green space with walking paths and present an environmentally responsible solution to the flooding challenges in the area while keeping the stormwater runoff out of the city’s sewer system. The water will be slowed and filtered through the green infrastructure put in place through this project.
“The airport worked for several years to secure these sites and then we partnered with our neighbors to identify their priorities for the space,” said Dan Jacobson, chairman of the airport’s board of commissioners. “The plan we developed and are beginning today will meet the community’s need for green space as well as help mitigate flooding through the Brainerd Corridor.”
Local company Steve Williams Construction of Cleveland, Tennessee is contracted to complete the project, which will include:
- Demolition of the buildings at 5915 and 5949 Brainerd Road
- Demolition of all asphalt on site
- Re-grading the property to allow for storm water drainage away from the road
- Seeding the site to ensure a green grass location
Nearly all brick, rock, concrete and asphalt removed from the site will be recycled for use in future projects. Some of the materials will be crushed and used for a walking path through the new green space. The airport is also working with several local organizations to plant indigenous greenery in the space to ensure it remains both a beautiful and functional area.
The demolition project will take approximately 60 days to complete and can be followed on camera at this link: http://earthcam.net/projects/arcadis/.
CHATTANOOGA AIRPORT ANNOUNCES MAJOR TERMINAL RENOVATION
March 28th, 2013
At the March meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Chattanooga Airport Authority approved a $7.2 million renovation project for the airport terminal. The nine month project will modernize the main terminal building, improve the building’s environmental sustainability and enhance the passenger experience.
“We are excited to begin this project which will mark the most significant renovation to our passenger terminal since the facility opened in 1992,” said Dan Jacobson, chairman of the airport’s board of commissioners. “Our design team has worked diligently to develop an updated facility plan that we believe will really improve our customers’ experience when flying out of Chattanooga.”
Local company EMJ Corporation is serving as construction manager. The airport is partnering with EMJ to find as many local and regional subcontractors as possible to participate on the project as the airport is committed to the economic development of this growing community. Local architectural firm Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson, one of the firms responsible for the original design of the passenger terminal, will once again serve on the project team, bringing their vast experience to the renovation. The project plans build off of the work of Leo A. Daly, who began this process and integrated community feedback into the new design.
Several key elements of the project include:
- Complete renovation of terminal restrooms
- New flooring, wall tile, painting and signage
- Updated public seating throughout the terminal
- Complete renovation of airport concessions
- New escalator system in the rotunda
“The terminal renovation project has been in the works since 2011 and will only build on the efficiency and convenience that our airport already offers,” said Terry Hart, president and CEO of the airport authority “While utilizing the existing footprint of the building we will significantly improve the passenger experience while preserving the unique and recognizable qualities of the facility that our travelers already love.”
The terminal will remain operational throughout the duration of the project. Updates will be available at chattairport.com and, very soon, on the airport’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.
Chattanooga Airport Authority Names New President and CEO
June 27th, 2012
Vice President of Operations Terry Hart tapped for top leadership position
At the June meeting of the Board of Directors, Chattanooga Airport Authority named Terry L. Hart the new president and chief executive officer of the airport.
“Terry Hart is a proven leader, and a natural fit for the presidency having directed airport operations for nearly five years,” said Dan Jacobson, chairman of the airport’s board of directors. “Since assuming the role of interim president, Terry has exceeded expectations and advanced the airport’s goals for the benefit of airport users and the community. The Board is in full agreement that Terry is the right person to lead the Chattanooga Airport during this exciting time of growth.”
Mr. Hart has been serving as interim president since October 2011 when former airport president Mike Landguth resigned to assume leadership of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority in North Carolina.
Mr. Hart has served as Vice President of Operations since joining Chattanooga Airport in November 2007, a position previously held by Mr. Landguth. Mr. Hart has participated in the continued growth of the Airport’s West Side Development projects and significant cargo expansion. Under his leadership as Interim President and CEO, the airport secured additional air service, including first class cabins from Delta Air Lines and their connection carriers. He is also actively involved in the Brainerd Corridor Revitalization Project, partnering with the City on securing vacant buildings and returning the areas to green grass sites. Additionally, Mr. Hart is now overseeing the expansion of the airport’s corporate aviation campus managed by Wilson Air Center. A second LEED Gold certified hangar is under design and will be built by mid-2013.
“The Chattanooga Airport has supported the recent economic growth of our community through partnerships that advanced quality air service and competitive fares, and by offering the highest level of customer service, safety and security,” said Mr. Hart. “We will take those partnerships to the next level and work to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the airport by diversifying revenue streams in the months and years ahead.”
Mr. Hart’s aviation management experience includes 30 years in operations, strategic planning and administration. Before moving to Chattanooga, Mr. Hart held regional management and vice president of field services positions with American Eagle, including responsibility for a $100 million budget and 1,500 employees. He began his career in customer service and general management for Britt Airways in Chicago, Ill. From November 2007 until October 2011, Mr. Hart oversaw general operations at the Chattanooga Airport including maintenance, fire, police, operations, security and ground handling.
Mr. Hart has earned the distinguished Airport Certified Employee Operations designation by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and previously served as Chairman of the O’Hare Airline Managers Association. Mr. Hart lives in Chattanooga with his wife, Zita, and their sons Andrew and Stephen.
Chattanooga Airport CEO Mike Landguth Accepts Position in Raleigh-Durham
October 10th, 2011
Executive departs airport after 12 years in leadership
Mike Landguth, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA), has accepted the position as Airport Director of the Raleigh-Durham Airport. He has submitted his resignation to the airport’s board of commissioners, effective November 4. Landguth has served as President and CEO since July of 2004, and Vice President of Operations at the Chattanooga Airport since 1999.
"During my time at the airport, I have worked with a talented team of people and we have been able to accomplish a great deal for the community, including more air service options and lower fares for our passengers, as well as securing over $70 million in grant funding for infrastructure development and diversifying our revenue stream so that the airport is not as dependent on the financial fluctuations of the airline industry," said Landguth. "Although I am eager to tackle the new opportunities in Raleigh-Durham, I have loved living and working in Chattanooga and my family and I will always feel at home in this town."
Dan Jacobson, the Chairman of the CMAA, said, "Mike Landguth brought a unique combination of strategic vision and old-fashioned work ethic to our leadership team. Together we have worked through countless challenges within the aviation industry. His passion and vision and love for aviation and this city will be missed. He has left our airport and our community stronger than he found it."
Jacobson said the CMAA will immediately begin searching for Landguth’s successor.
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Chooses Wilson Air Centers As New FBO Manager
December 20th, 2010
Wilson Air Centers announced today that they will partner with the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority to manage a new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in Chattanooga. The facilities will include a fueling center; a 9,000 square-foot general aviation terminal, including an office complex for pilot accommodations and business resources; and a 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art hangar facility, with significant room for expansion as needed.
“Chattanooga is internationally recognized as a leader in economic growth and progressive vision. We very much appreciate the opportunity to bring potential and current customers the next level of aviation services,” said Bob Wilson, President of Wilson Air Centers. “Wilson Air Centers is a Tennessee-based, family-owned company, and we are proud to bring our nationally acclaimed service and southern hospitality to this growing city.”
The new FBO facilities are under development and slated for completion in July of 2011.
“For many years, both airlines and general aviation customers have demanded additional options to create a competitive environment,” said Dan Jacobson, Chairman of the Board of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. “We have listened to our customers and Wilson Air Centers brings an extraordinary heritage of service and quality to our airport. This will enhance the airport’s strategic business focus as we continue to support economic growth across our region.”
Wilson Air Centers operates FBOs at Charlotte (KCLT), Memphis (KMEM) and Houston Hobby (KHOU). Chattanooga will be the company’s fourth location.
For more information about Wilson Air Centers, read the full release.